Over the summer tremendous change visited Brentford both on and off the pitch – Uwe Rosler took over, Mark Warburton came in as director of football and signings were made that gave the fans expectations of the play offs. But five games in very little has changed.
Played five, won three, lost two, ten goals for, six against.
More concerning however has been the general lack of potency in front of goal, never more evident than in the home defeat to Tranmere. Rovers should have been five or six up by half-time and they only started creating chances late on in the game. For all the passing football that Rosler has brought to the club, the directness that Andy Scott and Nicky Forster favoured created chances and put teams under pressure. At the moment I fear that the team are trying to run before they can walk, in this case play attractive passing football without knowing what to do in order to beat teams. The recent prominence of Jake Reeves, a youth team product, is testament to this. Nobody can doubt his ability to pass and read the game, but his lightweight frame and sideways passing threatens little.
A 2-0 defeat away to Sheffield United highlighted how much United were physically bigger than us. They knew how they were going to score, bullied our small players – Shaleum Logan, Jake Reeves, Sam Saunders and Myles Weston – then broke with power. Travelling fans (Brentford always amaze me how well they travel away despite generally poor home gates) witnessed the Bees passing the ball around majestically for the last 15 minutes of the game, keeping the ball for almost all of the finale, however they fashioned one chance during the whole period. There is a distinct lack of cutting-edge, made worse by the sale of Charlie MacDonald to MK Dons. Charlie will be sorely missed, he always showed 100% commitment and worked defences tirelessly – 40 goals in 111 appearances is not to be sniffed at. Mike Grella should do well at this level. One hopes.
Over the season I will try and cover each couple of games with a Good, Bad and Ugly section, starting here;
The good – Leon Legge and Karleigh Osborne, maybe the best defensive partnership in the League?
Good performances from Legge, Jonathan Douglas and Niall McGinn against Leyton Orient.
The Taps pub in Sheffield station – glorious beer.
Beating Orient 5-0, and Sam Saunders scoring two free kicks. Just a shame he has not replicated the form that saw him do so well at the end of last season.
The bad – Sheffield United playing music on the PA after scoring goals. It just isn’t right.
Myles Weston – looks a shadow of a man that tore defences apart for the last two years. Consistently inconsistent.
Half time subs at Sheffield – Rosler took McGinn and Clayton Donaldson off at half time in a tactical move. Granted the pair had started poorly but they were getting into the game. McGinn has since gone on to prove that he offers a massive threat and had genuine quality about him.
The ugly – a morbidly obese, disabled Sheffield United fan waving her walking stick and flicking the V’s at Brentford fans upon United’s second goal, in front of her very young companion. Great role model.
Cheerleaders at Brentford – ugly as sin.
The journey goes on…
Written by Chris Fairbank, We Are Going Up’s Brentford Blogger
Chris tweets at @crumblechris